Ok, I have some catching up to do.

Working hard, both Matt & I, on our new lives here in the Pacific Northwest! It is important to impart that the health progress is great; Matt and I both feel in good health, happy, productive and optimistic about the future.

Michelle: Doing some restorative care – re-building strength and flexibility (fitness & yoga), which was lost during the last year of cancer treatments. Also, working as a tour guide of the NW corner of the state of Oregon for some income. Due for a one-year colonoscopy follow-up exam. Wish me luck!

Matt: Bought us a house, busily working on home improvements (not saying exactly where on this web posting to maintain some coveted privacy). Also, investment wheeling and dealing, a new-found passion of Matt’s!

Since being home in the lovely Pacific Northwest life has been extraordinarily busy and uniquely upside down. Here are the highlights:

mokume-gane styles

Mokume-gane styles

Selected and bought our wedding rings

No, we don’t have a date planned yet. We felt that commitment in our hearts will tide us over until we get to the plannin’ stage. We will be having a celebration, not necessarily a traditional wedding format. The wedding rings are this awesome mokume-gane design acquired from The Real Mother Goose Gallery of Contemporary American Craft in Downtown Portland. Mokume-gane is a traditional Japanese metal design process. It is a “marriage of metals”, and means “wood grain” in Japanese. We are both so excited to be wearing our rings, even before marriage!

Transitional living

Living in an RV on the street, the same one we lived in off and on for four years! Boy will we appreciate having a home! Especially a kitchen, storage space, space to set things down??? You know, the little things!

We bought and are moving into our dream home

Like the rings, we are both really excited about this place, and feel the hard work we put in to finding the right home paid off! It’s a terrible market to buy in. My advice, don’t bother. Kidding, if you are thinking of buying, just be prepared to look at a lot of places.

Yoga and fitness, getting stronger every day

Matt & I have started doing yoga on a regular basis, Matt has a daily routine, and when I am not working as a tour guide, we do yoga together. We can see results of our stretching, and always feel great afterward. Best part of our day!


Account is past due: Still managing medical bills accrued from last year’s illness

Man, oh man. I can’t believe the utter pain in the a** this has been. But rolling along with the setbacks. I think the company, CoPatient, I recruited to help me dispute unfair medical costs from the past year’s medical disaster has decided I did such a great job that I didn’t leave any work for them to do.  Whatever, if they can win money back for me, then great, if not, then great.

All of these things, while exciting and demonstrate forward progress from where we were at this time last year, they are keeping me from publishing any new blog posts!

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  1. Anonymous

     /  June 2, 2013

    Matt, i am so happy for you both, Make sure you do not stress AS I KNOW YOU WILL NOT, but always remember we are only human I LOVE YOU BOTH SOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way Ed and i can not wait for the Lattanzi reunion, can not wait for Brenda to meet EDward hahahheheh!!!!!! Trish out.

    • cancer4me

       /  June 3, 2013

      Hey – nice to hear from you Trish!!! Matt & I kinda like you, too. Thanks – ha ha, no stress, at least we remind ourselves. Well, there’s always stress, just different kinds, right? LOVE YOU, too, and can’t wait to spend some time with ya, sista!

  2. Anonymous

     /  June 1, 2013

    So good to hear your doing this well! I’m sure your going to enjoy being back in Oregon, must be quit a change up after living in Cali. all this time? Best wishes on your continued new lease on life! 🙂

    • cancer4me

       /  June 3, 2013

      Thanks, Anonymous Person! You don’t know how much you miss Oregon until you get back there. This is one of my lessons of the last few years. And yes, every day is a gift 🙂 Cheers –

  3. mary dennis

     /  June 1, 2013

    Finally! I’m glad you did this. We are having a great time connecting with the family here in La Grande. Today we will see Emily sing her graduation thesis.  We will have a family potluck in the park for dinner.  Last night I helped Erin make the traditional lemon apricot jello to bring to the pot luck.  (At the family request.) We stopped at the MARY HILL MUSEUM on our drive up and did the tour.  You might want to consider this as part of David’s tour schedule.  We also stopped in Hood River and bought Dad some new clothes at the clothes shop I was telling you about.  They have a white dress there that would make a perfect wedding dress.  Also the clothes there are your style (similar to SWITCH).  I was so tempted to get you an outfit.  We need to take a trip there and look at clothes for you.   Mom


    • cancer4me

       /  June 3, 2013

      Thanks Mom.
      By the way, I have a personal email adress for personal messages 😉
      I wish I was there in La Grande rather than home with a butt-kicking flu writing blog updates… oh well!

  4. Raizie Axman

     /  May 31, 2013

    Hi Michelle. Great to get such a good update from you! “Mazel Tov” on your spiritual marriage. Obviously your hearts are in the right place. Come say hi when your ‘in the hood’! xox Raizie

    • cancer4me

       /  June 3, 2013

      Thanks for the toast, my dear childhood neighbor! I look forward to catching up!


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